With all the rain we continue to get, there is not much for it but to work on the textile garden inside...the outdoor garden is too muddy... ;-(
My little stem of Dame's Rocket went on quite quickly, and it was fun to do....
Here are the steps I took:
You don't think I have forgotten about my Embellisher, do you?
I decided to try out the water soluble stabilizer that Catherine gave me when she visited last month, so I could create my own "fabric" for the petals. This is silk and soy silk going under the felting needles on top of the stabilizer.
All felted down, this piece is ready for its bath. I hope those little holes go away.
It took about 5 minutes for the stabilizer to dissolve.
But could I wait for it to dry? Heck no, I ironed it.
This is stiff and flat, not too thick. The holes are mostly gone, and this doesn't have the fuzzy surface that so much embellishment-type work has. I did not want fuzzy; Dame's Rocket petals are smooth.
The edges of the petals are nice and sharp and will not shred when I tack these onto the quilt.
And here we are! Couched stems and burnt-edge leaves will be a recurring theme, no doubt...
I like it when the stems follow the seam lines in crazy patching, as they do here.
There are two varieties of Helianthemum out in the garden, occasionally opening their petals when the rain stops, as here a few days ago....
I plan on doing a stylized version of these next....